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  1. Avanti Motors continually was building cars even when none were special ordered. They built cars "on spec" which is just a way of saying they built them to a production order where they spec'd the car out for sale. Customers could special order a car or buy one already in inventory. It makes sense they must have had some standard paint colors they knew were appealing enough to attract buyers. Avanti Motors would also slip a special order car into the production line to get it completed quicker, putting cars on spec on the back burner for completion...that's why cars were sold out of
  2. 1977...beginning with RQB2500.
  3. I think the speakers are a 5" or 6" diameter screw-hole to the opposite. Whatever they are you can find most any aftermarket speaker grille that diameter and use them. If you buy new speaker kits the correct diameter they usually come with new grilles.
  4. Contact Dan Booth at Nostalgic Motors (1-800-AVANTI-1)...he bought out all the leftover inventory from Avanti Motors when they moved from South Bend to Youngstown in the late '80s. He would probably have them before anyone else. If he doesn't, you can simply buy aftermarket and paint them to match.
  5. There are some good aftermarket distributors available but whatever you do...avoid one made offshore. They simply do not last.
  6. Congrats! One of the worst things about older cars is undoing what past owners have done before you can actually do something that improves the car.
  7. Contact Dan Booth at Nostalgic Motors (248-349-4884). When Avanti Motors moved from South Bend to Youngstown in the later 1980s Dan bought all of the company's inventory of parts. If anyone has a NOS wiring harness Dan will.
  8. A prime problem to look for is bad grounds...the bane of fiberglass cars. You can use a test light with will tell you whether the light sockets are working properly. Did you check and see whether the bulbs themselves are good and not burned out?
  9. From RQA0057 to RQA0257 ('66-'68) Avantis IIs were equipped with Holley carburetors...if the one in question still has its original carb.
  10. Does your Avanti have the hatch in the rear window package shelf? If so, you need a flashlight and long, flat blade screwdriver. Look in the trunk with the light and there should be a hole in the locking mechanism that you insert the screwdriver and turn it...that will unlatch the lock. If you don't have the hatch...you're pretty much outta luck as far as I know...or if the trunk is full of stuff. Do like many, if not most Avanti owners do...just let the trunk rest on the body and don't lock it...you avoid the problem altogether. Your rear view mirror is fine where it's at. Studeba
  11. That's it! It was the first Avanti to delete the body tag.
  12. That's it! Avanti Motors first used a handle from Willy's before switching to a C3 Corvette handle after several dozen Avantis were equipped with the Willy's brake handle.
  13. Nope. It's missing something all previous Avantis came equipped with.
  14. What is significant about RQ-B1516 that sets it apart from all previous Avantis?
  15. At RQ-B2263, Avanti Motors changed from the original under-dash parking brake pull-handle to one mounted in the former console. From where did Avanti Motors initially source the new handle from?
  16. You're right about the 361 being a "B" block...I was thinking of the 318 Poly engine.
  17. My Charger had a 383 4-barrel/4-speed. The access panel is easy to miss it as it might well have been covered up with either road slop or undercoating. Maybe the '66 didn't have it..don't know.
  18. If the body is sagging from compressed coil springs you will lose clearance between the hood and carb bonnet. The motor mounts could be compressed as well and cause a double problem.
  19. I used to have a '67 Dodge Charger (the "Flatback") that had a factory access panel there with a rubberized cover you could remove when necessary to change the plugs. You can use a square of rubber or even a piece of fiberglass to attach there between doing the job.
  20. You may well have coil springs that have compressed. That's not an uncommon thing with Avantis.
  21. A downside to allowing the hood to remain unlatched is that the hot air being allowed out can easily go down the intakes to the interior and transmission cooling ducts at the base of the windshield. Besides adding to the already known hot interior of the car and even more heated air to the transmission tunnel do you really want to be breathing in engine bay air?
  22. If the high temps are occurring at highway speeds you should look at the lower radiator hose. If it's collapsing under vacuum which occurs at highway speeds it cuts off or at least reduces coolant flow. It should have a coil spring inside it to keep the hose from collapsing. The spring could be rusted away. Also...consider getting an air deflector from a Saturn and install it under the radiator support...it keeps air turbulence from forming under the car by directing it around. I had one under the '70 I owned and it made a distinct difference in cooling at highway speeds. Saturns a
  23. No vindication necessary...the manual is very clear. While the hinge was also changed at R4849 it doesn't invalidate my answer...other than you're setting yourself up as sole arbiter of right and wrong when it comes to all things Avanti.
  24. Nope...the manual states it was the console transmission mounting plate...not the hinge. Look at diagram part 2138-32 in the manual. It clearly states it occurred at R4849.
  25. According to the Body and Parts Manual it occurred at R4849.
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